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    Edit doc w/o being named in Properties? (2000 SP3)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 31-Mar-04 11:19. More descriptive subject line created.)</P>How do can you add to a document without having tell-tale information stored in the document properties summary sheet?

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    Re: Edit doc w/o being named in Properties? (2000

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 31-Mar-04 11:21. Updated my subject line, too. And...)</P>Lie about your identity? I believe the "last saved by" information comes from Tools>Options...>User Information. Phrases such as "Valued Gateway Customer" often appear there. I think, though, that it would be wrong to use the name of the previous last author. Unfair, unethical, and in the right circumstances, maybe criminal...

    Even if one were to take care of the Document Properties, however, Word 2000 also stores some information invisibly in the document's "meta-structure," that to get rid of that is more work. You can view this information using File>Open... and the "Recover Text from any File (*.*)" filter. I once posted a procedure to clone the document through a two-step process that creates a new document free of all prior author and path information. You can find it here somewhere. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> However, if you then save the document, the recording process starts again. Word 2002 is better in this regard; that particular feature can be disabled (or perhaps it no longer exists).

    I suppose one also could try using StarOffice/OpenOffice.org or WordPerfect to edit the document. Perhaps those programs are not so careful to track the user's every move.

    Added: I realize there are a lot of other entries in the document properties, such as the time last printed, etc. I don't know of any way to prevent Word from recording those kinds of properties.

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    Re: Edit doc w/o being named in Properties? (2000

    Thanks for the quick response... looks like you cannot fool Mother Nature or Bill Gates' programs!!
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    Re: Edit doc w/o being named in Properties? (2000

    Jefferson is referring to <post#=277803>post 277803</post#>. It's a great way to remove metadata. He even posted a macro for doing so.

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